For the emperor’s beard / om des keizers baard

Arjen Robben and the Emperor Julian.

Will the trampoline mayor bounce back?

Tremp's a curious backwater: greyscale your photos of the main street, thronged with nationalist-separatist flags, and it looks like small-town Nazi Germany; but it also agitates periodically for retention of the Spanish army school just up the road, a big local employer. The demonym in Spanish is trempolín, which by the time you've standard-Catalanised the […] 2 comments, inc Tom: Trampolí, shurely? Let no word end in 'n', rule#3 of standardizing Catalan.

Hairdressers more important than theatres

Alfonso Alonso has dared tell the truth. You could put a barber of Seville in a theatre without more ado, but what are directors good for? It's good to see Lucía Etxebarria come out as a Yankee neoliberal running dog and call for tax cuts, but she should in fairness acknowledge that the general reason […] 2 comments, inc Tom: "Death to intelligence", etc.

Why doesn’t the right to be forgotten include genocidal mobs?

Apparently some neighbourhood lawyer acting on behalf of some ex-UN intern called Roger Lloret Blackburn wants some Twitter stuff to be forgotten by Google in the neighbourhood. I'm not particularly interested - I thought Twitter was now 100% robot-generated and read. But I'm a tad concerned that the brainwashing of the poor, crucial to the […]

Das Scroll und Scream Kitschin' Kabinett des Dr Kalebeul

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  • Brer Rabid: "pseudo-historic revisionism, ... pack of lies and bullshit, ... Catalanophobe resentment of Spanish nationalism (past and present) apologist"
  • Don Colin: "gnomic"
  • The Pox: "Franco's Little Helper"
  • La Vanguardia wonders whether Kalebeul is a CIA operation
  • Mark Liberman: "a treat"
  • Significant other: "What was that hairy weirdo on about? What blog?"


(English) Anti-colonial cannibal propaganda, anyone?


(English) I want to sing the Mau Mau verse in Allan Sherman's Hungarian Goulash No. 5.

Cómo fabricar una trompeta ritual tibetana de un fémur humano


Jolene es un monstruo de Frankinstein hecho de marfil y esmeraldas, brisas de primavera y lluvias estivales: Your beauty is beyond compare With flaming locks of auburn hair With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green Your smile is like a breath of spri...